Culture

The play’s the thing: concept art for The Last of Us™ , 2013–14, created by Naughty Dog

High culture or state-of-the-art murder simulators?: Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt reviewed

15 September 2018 9:00 am

For the past few decades, admirers of video-games have every couple of years mounted a new attempt to persuade the…

Children’s cinema is conservative – and brilliant

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The Oscars promise to be truly unbearable this year, with vomit-inducing levels of sanctimony followed by the usual gibberish from…

Nine reasons to be cheerful this year

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Since it’s the first week of the New Year I’m going to pretend the bad stuff isn’t happening and focus…

Triggered by Bregret? Your guide to the new word order

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Get out of your bubble and into your safe space, you hashtag activist. Andy Shaw mansplains the latest lexicon

Daniel Barenboim’s Proms Brexit sermon was just poor conduct

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Daniel Barenboim ruined an exquisite Prom with a Brexit sermon

How prison has set me free

15 July 2017 9:00 am

In prison, it’s possible to find true liberation

Theresa May is dead right to want to rescind the fox-hunting ban

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Though I don’t think much of Theresa May’s paternalistic soft-left politics, I do like her no-nonsense style. That Q&A she…

Why I admire the Church of England

15 April 2017 9:00 am

The Algerian government’s official tourist guide describes ‘the walled town of Beni Isguen — normally closed to foreigners — where…

Why Milton still matters

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Paradise Lost can still speak to readers on its 350th anniversary – even if its champions sometimes seem to lose faith

Do Daniel C. Dennett's memes deserve to survive?

4 March 2017 9:00 am

The greatest of Bach’s 224 cantatas is BWV 109, ‘Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben’. Its subject — the…

I’m a part of the elite. So why am I cheering for the populist right?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

‘Are you Charles Moore of The Spectator?’ I answered to that description. ‘Well,’ said my questioner, ‘I am worried that you’re…

One thing I learned in 2016 – it’s hateful being right all the time

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Merry Christmas everyone. Here are some things I learned — or relearned — in 2016.   1. That which does…

The free-market glory of Hong Kong food

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Every road leads to another restaurant in this rampant city, finds James Delingpole

If I wanted to create a superstate, I wouldn’t start with Europe

18 June 2016 9:00 am

If Geert Hofstede’s name is familiar to you, it might be from pop-science articles explaining a spate of Korean airliner…

This London mayoral race will feature something new: boredom

6 February 2016 9:00 am

London, 2012. It’s Olympic year, and east London is sprouting anew, and our city feels like the capital of the…

Ancient and Modern

2 January 2016 9:00 am

In Living with Difference, a think-tank report on the problems raised by a multi-faith UK, the chair Baroness Butler-Sloss says…

You can’t force low-income people to go to an art gallery or the theatre if they don’t want to

28 February 2015 9:00 am

I went last week to see the justly praised production of Wagner’s The Mastersingers at English National Opera, and I…

In praise of Milton Keynes

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Who would ever have thought it, but I have become quite fond of Milton Keynes. Although I live slightly closer…

The arts, the Ancient Greeks and Maria Miller

4 May 2013 9:00 am

The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, has said the arts world must make the case for public funding by focusing on…

In Blair’s shadow

21 April 2012 11:00 am

An ebook arrives! The future of publishing on my hard-drive. All the big profits are in cyber-publishing these days, as…

Prophetic times

31 March 2012 11:00 am

Philip Hensher traces the emergence of Islam as a political and cultural force in the crowded world of late antiquity

Music, moonlight and dahlias

3 September 2011 12:00 am

The words that echoed constantly in the back of my mind as I read this book were from Paul Simon’s song ‘Train in the Distance’: ‘the thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains’.

England from above

6 August 2011 12:00 am

A highbrow vision of our country

Art and the raging bull

25 June 2011 12:00 am

In these days of growing concern at the methods of factory farming and the welfare of the animals which are raised and killed for our consumption, it is instructive to compare the life of domestic beef cattle with that of a Spanish fighting bull.

A clash of commerce and culture

26 March 2011 12:00 am

Other People’s Money — and How the Bankers Use It by Louis D. Brandeis was a collection of articles about the predatory practices of big banks, published in book form in 1914. Nearly a century later, it remains in print. In 1991 Danny de Vito starred as ‘Larry the Liquidator’ in the film Other People’s Money. The wanton boys of banking sport with us in life and art and in Justin Cartwright’s latest novel.